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School rules, Christmas, gifts, blah blah blah

 
 
Piffka
 
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Reply Tue 12 Dec, 2006 03:08 pm
yum... bacon. Pork bellies, right?
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Tue 12 Dec, 2006 05:18 pm
I guess. I'm a city slicker, myself.
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Piffka
 
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Reply Tue 12 Dec, 2006 07:08 pm
City Slicker? sigh... all that lovely farmland and no Swimpy enjoying it.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Tue 12 Dec, 2006 07:30 pm
Oh I enjoy the odors that eminate from it Laughing
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boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 13 Dec, 2006 04:58 pm
The bubbles were a huge success! People were flipping over them. They were a sensation.

And the kids seemed to like them too.

The teachers really liked their ornaments too - thank you for a great suggestion, Swimpy!
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Wed 13 Dec, 2006 07:21 pm
Hey, anytime. I'm glad I could help. Now can you help me figure out what to buy my 97 year old mother?
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Piffka
 
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Reply Wed 13 Dec, 2006 10:11 pm
Congratulations, Boomer. Is school over now for the year?


Maybe you should tell us your recipe for bubbles...
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Clary
 
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Reply Thu 14 Dec, 2006 04:48 pm
I have never even heard of, much less tasted, penuche - tell me all about it, Piff and friends!
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Piffka
 
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Reply Thu 14 Dec, 2006 05:49 pm
Piffka's Penuche Frosting Recipe
Penuche is brown-sugar fudge, Clary. My oldest recipe (which calls it Panocha) says to put 3 cups brown sugar & 1 cup milk in a saucepan and cook to 238F (soft-ball stage). Then remove it from the fire & add 2 Tablespoons butter & 1 teaspoon vanilla, allowing it to cool without stirring. At that point you beat it until it is creamy & add broken (always by hand) nutmeats... hickory nuts, walnuts or pecans. Pour it into a pan, cut into squares. Then it is candy.

My newer vintage cookbook (1964) calls for similar ingredients but offers up that you can use 2 cups brown and 1 cup white sugar. Also considered candy.

When we make Penuche, it is for frosting a cake. We mix 2 cups brown sugar, scant 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 cup evaporated milk and 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan and boil the heck out of it for 5-6 minutes; then cool it down and beat in spoonfuls of evaporated milk or cream in turns with spoonfuls of powdered sugar. The exact amounts vary but are about 1/4 cup milk and 2 cups powdered sugar. When you frost the cake (the spicier, the better -- I usually add extra cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom to the mix, but not ginger), the penuche wiill harden in what appears to be unattractive drifts. These can be turned into almost a fondant by (using v. clean hands) carefully warming and rubbing the penuche and pressing it into the cake with your bare hands. The frosting will become smooth & shiny. The final step is to push whole walnuts into the frosting in some sort of all-over pattern. Delish... in smallish quanities, especially with vanilla ice cream and some neat whiskey (in a glass on the side). I'm not sure you'll find that recipe anywhere else. Very Happy
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 15 Dec, 2006 07:12 am
Piffka - Did you survive the storm okay?
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 15 Dec, 2006 11:31 am
Hoping Piffka's fine...

I talked to one of the group of moms I think of as "senior moms" -- people who have older kids who have already been through kindergarten at this school, and so have been there and done that. She's the one who is collecting $$ for the gift card. I asked her whether there was any kind of gift exchange among kids, and she said no. Just the holiday party (same idea as Halloween party), and gift to the teacher. I contributed $10 for the gift card, and then plan to make a card and home-made ornament with sozlet for the teacher.
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Clary
 
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Reply Sat 16 Dec, 2006 05:01 pm
Re: Piffka's Penuche Frosting Recipe
Piffka wrote:
Penuche is brown-sugar fudge, Clary. My oldest recipe (which calls it Panocha) says to put 3 cups brown sugar & 1 cup milk in a saucepan and cook to 238F (soft-ball stage). Then remove it from the fire & add 2 Tablespoons butter & 1 teaspoon vanilla, allowing it to cool without stirring. At that point you beat it until it is creamy & add broken (always by hand) nutmeats... hickory nuts, walnuts or pecans. Pour it into a pan, cut into squares. Then it is candy.

My newer vintage cookbook (1964) calls for similar ingredients but offers up that you can use 2 cups brown and 1 cup white sugar. Also considered candy.

When we make Penuche, it is for frosting a cake. We mix 2 cups brown sugar, scant 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 cup evaporated milk and 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan and boil the heck out of it for 5-6 minutes; then cool it down and beat in spoonfuls of evaporated milk or cream in turns with spoonfuls of powdered sugar. The exact amounts vary but are about 1/4 cup milk and 2 cups powdered sugar. When you frost the cake (the spicier, the better -- I usually add extra cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom to the mix, but not ginger), the penuche wiill harden in what appears to be unattractive drifts. These can be turned into almost a fondant by (using v. clean hands) carefully warming and rubbing the penuche and pressing it into the cake with your bare hands. The frosting will become smooth & shiny. The final step is to push whole walnuts into the frosting in some sort of all-over pattern. Delish... in smallish quanities, especially with vanilla ice cream and some neat whiskey (in a glass on the side). I'm not sure you'll find that recipe anywhere else. Very Happy



100 calories a teaspoonful ... please note I am on a 1100 a day diet!!
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 20 Dec, 2006 12:57 pm
Just finished sewing the ornament for the teacher, stuffed silk butterfly with beading, turned out pretty well. As I was making it, though, I had a GREAT idea WAY too late. Argh.

Everyone gets scads of teeny versions of their school photos. I thought of organizing all the parents and having them make (with or without their kids) an ornament featuring their own kids' school photo. (Frame, or decoupage, or whatever.) Then the teacher would have a whole set of ornaments of her first-ever kindergarten class. (She's new.) I mean, how cool would that be?!

Argh.

Maybe I can figure out some permutation for her end-of-school present.
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